Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today sent a letter to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reiterating her support for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. The program, which was announced as part of USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), began in April. The program purchased over $4.5 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat products from American farmers and supplied boxes of those products to food banks, community and faith-based organizations, and other non-profits.
“Our North Country families, over the last few months, have benefited greatly from USDA’s Food Box program,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I was personally able to participate in a distribution event and witness firsthand the immense impact that this program has made. Over the last few weeks, I have heard directly from multiple local elected officials, community leaders, farmers, and families who are discouraged that the USDA is no longer distributing Food Boxes in our counties. In sending this letter, I am calling on USDA to reconsider their decision to stop the Food Box program at the end of this year and to consider how effective their county distribution model actually was at getting fresh, local product into the hands of individuals and families who need it. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House and the administration to support initiatives like this program and to ensure that North Country families are provided with the resources they need.”